The Oklahoma State Cowboys eclipsed the 20-win mark before the end of the regular season. Hoping to bolster their resume with another victory in the Big 12 Tournament, the Cowboys found themselves paired off against the No. 23 Iowa State Cyclones. Proving to be a force, Juwan Evans netted 29 points. Yet it proved too little as Monte Morris and the Cyclones prevailed 92-83.
Playing at a high tempo throughout the entirety of the game, Evans and Jeffrey Carroll combined for 50 points on one of the hottest teams in the conference. Finding themselves in a 62-57 hole, a twist of events pushed all the momentum to one side. Tying up ISU’s Morris, a shoving match ensued resulting in two technical fouls. Retaining possession, the Cyclones scored quickly providing a seven point cushion — an edge Iowa State refused to relinquish.
Morris finished the game with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. The effort left the point guard one shy of a triple-double, a feat that has only been completed once in Big 12 Tournament history. Asked about the stat line after the game, Morris replied with “you can play for stats or you can play for the win.”
In reality, the Cyclones are moving on while Oklahoma State returns home in anticipation of Selection Sunday.